The U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) says that it will serve as a strategic technology partner in its agreed-upon collaboration with SoloPower Systems of Portland, Oregon. PVMC will provide services including technical support to SoloPower Systems to develop thin-film solar.
“Our collaboration with PVMC will accelerate the commercial manufacturing ramp-up at Systems’ factory in Portland, and will further support the continuing advancement of our products,” SoloPower Systems’ CTO Chris Eberspacher said.
Chief operating and technology officer of PVMC, Dr. Pradeep Haldar, said, “We welcome SoloPower to the consortium where they will be able to tap into advanced solar energy research and expertise to enable high-tech innovation, which continues to be fueled by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to developing next generation, clean energy technologies.”
Part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, PVMC asserts that it has extensive experience and know-how in photovoltaic technologies for both lab and industrial production environments such as roll-to-roll copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) PV technology. CIGS-based thin-film layers that are only a few micrometers thick can be deposited on solid or flexible lightweight substrates, making the technology more versatile than traditional solar panels and perhaps eventually more cost-effective to produce in high-volume.
PVMC says it is also developing standards and roadmaps to mold industry consensus and address issues related to module advancements, testing, reliability, power electronics, and building integration. Additionally, PVMC provides a proving ground for advanced solar technologies and manufacturing processes.